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Maureen Hynes

Photo: Lorraine Endicott 2011

Maureen Hynes is a Toronto poet whose first book of poetry, Rough Skin, won the League of Canadian Poets’ 1995 Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry by a Canadian. Her second collection, Harm’s Way, was published by Brick Books, and her third, Marrow, Willow was released in 2011 by Pedlar Press. In 2006, she won the Petra Kenny Poetry Competition at the Canadian High Commission in London, England. Her work was selected for Best Canadian Poems 2010, Ed. Lorna Crozier and longlisted for the 2011 edition of Best Canadian Poetry, Ed Priscila Uppal.

Her work has appeared in dozens of journals across Canada and internationally, and in over twenty anthologies and textbooks, including In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry, eds. Kate Braid and Sandy Shreve; A Verse Map of Vancouver, ed. George McWhirter; and The Bright Well, Ed. Fiona Lam. Maureen has given readings, workshops and panels across Canada and in the U.S, England, Scotland and Australia. In genres other than poetry, Maureen has published Letters from China, a memoir of her experiences in teacher training just after the Cultural Revolution in Chengdu, Sichuan. She has also written ESL academic texts, as well as academic articles in the fields of second language acquisition, women's training issues, human rights, labour history and labour studies. Most recently in 2010, she co-authored with David Kidd Mapping Our Work: Toronto Labour History Walking Tours, and conducts tours of Toronto's labour history sites. Maureen is Poetry Editor for Our Times, Canada’s national labour magazine (

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Rough Skin. Wolsak and Wynn, 1995
Letters from China. Women's Press, 1981
Harm's Way. Brick Books, 2001
Marrow, Willow. Pedlar Press, 2011
we make the air: Poems by Lina Chartrand, co-edited with Ingrid MacDonald. TLC Press, Toronto, 1999


Gerald Lampert Memorial prize, League of Canadian Poets, best first book of poetry in Canada for Rough Skin, 1995
The Petra Kenny Poetry Competition, at the Canadian High Commission, London, England., 2006
Longlisted, Best Canadian Poetry 2011, Ed Priscila Uppal for Tightrope Books, 2012
Selected for Best Canadian Poems 2010, edited by Lorna Crozier for Tightrope Books, 2011
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